Delta Survey

A British Academy Research Project

Information on the archaeological sites of the Delta is presented here in the form web-pages containing an alphabetical listing of sites. Where a substantial amount of information is available, or photographs of the site exist, links are provided to supplementary pages. The site-names in most cases are those of the Survey of Egypt maps. The material is offered as a source of reference and a tool for the planning of new projects.  The letters 'T' and 'K' in the lists stand for 'Tell' and 'Kom' respectively, Arabic words for 'mound', describing the usual appearance of archaeological sites in the region.

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You may also be interested to visit the separate Western Delta Regional Survey on Durham University's website here: http://community.dur.ac.uk/penelope.wilson/Delta/Survey.html 

Daressy notes the alternative name for this mound as Kom Barhim, which is how it appears on the SoE 1:100,000 (1916) map. He recorded that most of the mound had been levelled as early as 1912, leaving just one small mound 4m high and 200m in diameter, occupied by modern graves. A few Coptic sherds were reported.Kom el-Ashiri was visited by an EES survey of 2005 led by J. Rowland. The village covers an area of 200 feddans, including the fields. In the viilage of Barhim, just SW of Ashiri at 30 27 48N 30 53 34E, two ancient limestone column-drums were noted by the survey.

Formerly, each year when the fields were ploughed pottery sherds came to the surface. The land, however, has been raised since the building of the Aswan High Dam, to prevent flooding from a nearby canal, so the sherds are buried under added topsoil and no longer appear.

In the past there were two mounds, one where the houses are now, another where the tombs are, where pottery bowls and plates have been found, in addition to small statues of stone. The observed pottery was Late Antique in date.

Photograph by J. Rowland in July 2005:

modern cemetery on mound